Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway

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Following the old miner’s supply route from Banks to Lowman alongside the churning waters of the South Fork of the Payette River, Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway goes through a canyon cut deep into the heart of the Idaho mountains. This route is considered some of the most powerful canyon scenery offered in the state.
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Things To Know

  • Length: 33 miles. Allow 1 hour one way. If driving from Boise, allow 3 hours for the 87-mile loop.
  • Location: The route travels along Banks-Lowman Road and can be accessed either at Banks along Idaho 55 or at Lowman along Idaho 21. Either option will take you back to Boise.
  • Roadway: Two-lane paved road with several turnouts for scenic viewing. Roadway is maintained year-round but can experience heavy snow during winter months.
  • When to Visit: Throughout the year. Winter and spring offer exceptional elk viewing. In summer months, this stretch of river is world-renowned for whitewater rafting and kayaking.
  • Attractions: Kirkham Hot Springs, Starlight Mountain Theatre, whitewater rafting outfitters for the Payette River, and Terrace Springs Golf Course.
  • Places to Stop: Full services in Garden Valley; limited services in Banks, Crouch and Lowman.